(Minneapolis - March 27, 2008) It's been almost two years since Debbie Paskman, an owner-operator for American Van Lines, added Thermo King's TriPac Hybrid Auxiliary Idle Reduction and Temperature Management System (APU) to her rig. She chose it over other manufacturer models based on noise levels and consumption of fuel, but now loves the many other benefits of the TriPac system as well.
''The TriPac system is quiet; I sleep so much better with it running versus when my engine idled previously,'' explained Debbie. ''I also don't have to worry about breathing in the exhaust fumes anymore as I like to have the window cracked open when I sleep ... and that health and environmental benefit is extremely important to me. I reduce my exhaust emissions by 90 percent each night I start up the TriPac rather than run on idle. Imagine the strides we'd make with environmental pollution if all truck drivers utilized this APU.''
''And the fuel savings I realize have had an impact on my bottom line as well. I burn 1.2 - 1.8 gallons of fuel on average during an 8-10-hour downtime (in moderate climates), and I saved $12,000 in fuel last year because of my TriPac. That's significant!''
For Debbie, who travels all 48 contiguous U.S. states and Canada and has 16 years experience on the road, the return on investment with the TriPac system is a no-brainer. There are many finance options available, but the fuel savings alone pay for the TriPac quickly. Often, one day of fuel savings could make the average monthly payment for an owner operator like me! Additionally, because the wear and tear on my engine is so dramatically decreased, my preventive maintenance schedule is stretched out.
''Before the TriPac system, I had to schedule PMs every 12,000 miles for my CATTM engine; I now go 18,000 miles between services. I'm decreasing my PM services by 2 or 3 per year; that's a savings of between $440 to $660.''
Another benefit of the TriPac system that Debbie enjoys is convenience. ''It communicates with me if battery levels are low. Because TriPac can start up with minimal battery power, I can start it up and let it charge the batteries. Within an hour, I'm good to go, and I've avoided a costly service call.'' Debbie recommends using gel deep cycle batteries, which are made to be recharged, versus the typical liquid battery. ''They may cost a little more upfront, but they typically come with a two-year warranty and offer a four-year charging life, so again, you save money in the long run.'' Debbie purchased her TriPac system from T.K. Services, Inc. in Fontana, Calif., and has been pleased with the service from both the dealer and district service manager, Reed Hooks. ''As great as the TriPac product is, the customer service provided has to be better. Reed and the dealership service staff are great to work with and give me the support I need, when I need it.''
Thermo King Corporation, a business unit of diversified industrial firm Ingersoll-Rand Company Limited, was founded in 1938 and manufactures transport temperature control systems for a variety of mobile applications, including trailers, truck bodies, buses, shipboard containers and railway cars. The company operates 10 manufacturing facilities and 17 parts distribution centers worldwide. Sales and service is provided by a global dealer network of 865 independently owned companies in 75 countries. For more information, access the Thermo King web site at thermoking.com.
Thermo King Corporation, a business unit of diversified industrial firm Ingersoll Rand Company Limited, was founded in 1938 and manufactures transport temperature control systems for a variety of mobile applications, including trailers, truck bodies, buses, shipboard containers and railway cars. The company operates 10 manufacturing facilities and 17 parts distribution centers worldwide. Sales and service is provided by a global dealer network of 865 independently owned companies in 75 countries.
Mike O'Brien, Thermo King Corporation